Coire Lagan

  • Coire Lagan: Infinity lochan, nearly, Coire Lagan - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Coire Lagan - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Eas Mor waterfall, dry summer - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Crossing towards CL from Eas Mor fall - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Rubh an Dunain from Coira Lagan walk - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: NW from Coire Lagan walk - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Southwest from Coire Lagan walk, Small Isles - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Coire Lagan - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: path junction - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Southwest from Coire Lagan walk, Small Isles - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Coire Lagan - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: NW from Coire Lagan walk - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: NW from Coire Lagan walk - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: Glen Brittle beach - © William Mackesy
  • Coire Lagan: © William Mackesy

Key information: Coire Lagan

  • One of the grandest of all Black Cuillin corries, a forbidding place even on a sunny day, surrounded on three sides by huge cliffs (magnets for climbers), with beautiful views out to the open seas.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating83.5
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest15.5
  • Human interest7
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating83.5
  • Note: Negs:. Frequent bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 9km
  • 3.5hrs, or less
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Coire Lagan: Infinity lochan, nearly, Coire Lagan - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Coire Lagan is one of the grandest of all Black Cuillin corries, a dark and forbidding place even on a sunny day, surrounded on three sides by huge cliffs (magnets for climbers), with beautiful views behind you over the base of Glen Brittle to the open seas, and eventually the Outer Hebrides beyond.

Starting from the end of the road at Glen Brittle beach, you have the choice of heading directly for Coire Lagan, a long and at times steep climb (gaining some 550m) to the little lochan at the heart of the cirque; or (a marginally steadier climb) swing around north via Glenbrittle House to climb to the beautiful Eas Mor waterfall in its deep little ravine and on diagonally up across the steep Cuillin flanks past a particularly beautiful lochan which acts a visual infinity pool, with the sea and Small Isles beyond its little lip, to meet the main path up into the corrie. 

Coire Lagan does not give normal walkers access to the high peaks of the Black Cuillin, but you can (with a guide and good head for heights) labour/scramble up the Great Stone Chute to reach Sgurr Alasdair, the highest mountain in the Black Cuillin, and the heart of the famous Black Cuillin Ridge, with the famous Inaccessible Pinnacle not far away.

Walkopedia would say that this is a fine walk in many ways, but not as meltingly beautiful as Coire ne Creiche. It is a good option for getting close up to the high mountains in poor weather conditions.

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information, see our Isle of Skye walk page.

WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
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Coire Lagan: Eas Mor waterfall, dry summer - © William Mackesy

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Coire Lagan: Crossing towards CL from Eas Mor fall - © William Mackesy

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Coire Lagan: NW from Coire Lagan walk - © William Mackesy...
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